We see how desperate times force people to struggle to afford housing, food, clothing, and gas. But beyond desperate are families who can't even afford to do their own laundry.
Nowhere is the need so great than in our inner cities. From that struggle comes hope and relief -- a few quarters at a time. What is loose change in the pocket for most people is priceless for those living on the edge of poverty.
Recently, volunteers with Laundry of Love traveled to the low-income neighborhood of College Hill in east Tampa. The non-profit charity occupied a storefront laundromat and brought $500 in quarters, plus detergent and bleach for up to 40 waiting families with piles of laundry to do.
"This is one of those projects where you know you're giving directly back to the people that need it," said Bryan Butler, Laundry of Love district president.
Laundry is a chore for many, but those who participated in the Laundry of Love event couldn't have had more fun. Kids played games and ate food provided by the volunteers. For their grateful parents it meant saving a few precious dollars so they could afford other necessities of life that are just beyond their reach.
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